Your Zone of Genius is where your interests, passions and skills align.
Operating in your Zone of Genius means playing games you are uniquely well-suited to win.
Once you identify it, you can stop playing *their* games and start playing *yours*.
Want to get ahead in life? Start genuinely rooting for others to succeed.
When one of us wins, we all win—winning spreads.
If you adopt that mentality, you’ll become a magnet for the highest quality people.
Closed mouths don’t get fed.
A little push goes a long way. Don't sit back and wait for good things to happen.
If you want something—and you’ve put in the work for it—ask for it.
Worst case: you’re told no and nothing has changed.
Best case: it’s yours.
Life is the ultimate long game.
Those with low time preference play it more effectively—they happily delay gratification to allow compounding to work its magic.
In a world of people seeking instant gratification, this is a meaningful edge.
We fear failure, so most of us play it safe to avoid it.
But our greatest moments of growth often stem directly from our greatest failures.
Don't accept failure, but don't fear it either.
You will fail. Embrace it. Fail smart and fast.
Humans are born with astonishing curiosity. But somewhere along the way, we're told to stop asking questions.
Learn to follow your curiosity—trust it.
For the curious mind, anything is possible. Fortune favors the curious.
Prioritize process, not outcomes.
When you prioritize process, you become flexible in where you are headed—you focus on the inputs and stop worrying about the outputs.
Just keep laying one brick at a time—forward progress is all that matters.
Everything in life comes down to people and relationships.
Networks compound as well as any financial investment.
Build an army of mentors, friends, and evangelists that is deep and wide.
Cultivate deep relationships, but also embrace the power of weak ties.
Modern work culture is a remnant of the Industrial Age. It encourages long periods of steady, monotonous work unsuited for the Information Age.
If your goal is to do inspired, creative work, you have to work as a lion works.
Sprint when inspired. Rest. Repeat.
In Greek mythology, the Hydra is a creature that has multiple heads. When 1 head is cut off, 2 grow back in its place.
Life is random and chaotic.
Don't be broken by the chaos—rather, adopt a mentality and build structure such that you will benefit from it.
Willingness to change one's mind is a rarity in today's society.
It's great to have a strong view, but always open your mind to counterarguments.
Stubborn objection to alternative perspectives stalls progress.
Strive for strong opinions, weakly held.
The leaders of the All Blacks rugby team famously stay late to sweep the shed after a match.
Why? Because small things become big things.
Whether you're in the mailroom or the corner office, never get too big to do the small things well.
Storytelling is a foundational skill—but it's one we don’t learn in the traditional education system.
It's no coincidence that the highest performers are the strongest storytellers.
High-leverage storytelling is a supercharger for all human endeavors.
A body in motion tends to stay in motion—a body at rest tends to stay at rest.
When in doubt, just start moving.
Many people are able to produce bursts of energy—few are able to produce consistent, steady flows of energy.
The former is flashy, but the latter is relentless.
It's hard to bet against the person who just keeps showing up.
“The definition of genius is taking the complex and making it simple." — Einstein
Complexity and jargon are often used to mask a lack of deep understanding.
Learn to convey the complex in simple, digestible ways.
Find beauty in simplicity.
We are conditioned to avoid discomfort, so most of us do.
Discomfort is a precursor to growth—it is an absolute necessity.
Steel your mind and body—accept and embrace discomfort. Those that do have the ultimate competitive edge.
It's important to have a plan.
But as Mike Tyson famously said, "Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth."
Plans have to be dynamic (and punch-proof!).
You'll only go as far as your ability to absorb and pivot on the fly.
No matter how far you go, realize that you didn’t make it on your own.
Pay it forward. Be a mentor. Be a champion for others.
Their growth should become a source of tremendous joy and pride.
A polymath is a person with wide-ranging, multi-disciplinary knowledge.
Lifelong learners tend to be polymaths—their curiosity naturally leads to knowledge accumulation in a variety of disciplines.
Learn both horizontally and vertically.
Focus on what you can do for others, not what they can do for you.
Focus first on the amount of value you create—not the amount that you capture.
This mentality will lead to more success and growth, but also to more fulfillment and joy.
The most successful people in the world share one trait in common: an almost supernatural ability to compartmentalize.
Create boundaries across your work and personal endeavors.
When you focus on one, close the others and really focus on it.
With the rise of technology—and the instant access to millions of people and things that it has provided—the ability to be truly present has become a rarity.
When you’re with someone—whether a business contact, friend, or partner—be WITH them.
Put the phone down.
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Fortunately, these skills can be learned.
THREAD: A simple, powerful mental model for thinking clearly and solving complex problems:
When solving problems, the human mind is wired to think in linear, logical, forward terms.
But as the problems get increasingly complex, this forward, logical process often fails.
Enter our simple, powerful mental model: inversion.
What is inversion?
Inversion is a mental model and thinking tool used by some of the world’s greatest thinkers and problem solvers.
Simply put, it says that when problems become challenging to solve forwards, they may be more readily solved backwards.
Inversion as a general thinking tool has been around for millennia.
Stoic philosophers had premeditatio malorum - “the pre-meditation of evils” - an exercise in which they would imagine the worst case scenario ahead of time.
It allowed them to make plans to avoid this outcome.
The formal mental model was popularized by German mathematician Carl Jacobi in the mid-1800s.
When faced with difficult problems (which happened frequently in his field of elliptic functions!), he had a strategy: “Man muss immer umkehren.”
Translation: “Invert, always invert.”
But contrary to what you’ve been told, lifelong learners are built, not born.
THREAD: 20 lifelong learning habits you can start developing today.
The mind is a muscle - it needs to be stimulated dynamically to continue to grow.
Don’t rely on one “exercise” - develop a menu of options.
Write, read, listen, watch. Solve puzzles, play games. Enjoy it!
Stimulate dynamically, learn dynamically.
Build Learning Circles
The most powerful learning is communal, not individual.
Build learning circles with other intellectually curious minds.
Engage regularly with no set intention or goal.
Community is everything. Embrace it.
Keep Asking Why
“Why?” is the most useful tool in our learning toolkit.
But somewhere along the line, we are told to stop asking why and just accept “facts” as we are told them.
Reject the norm.
If you want to understand the world, take a cue from our kids - keep asking why!
Adopt a Process Orientation
Learn for the sake of learning, not always for a specific goal.
When you prioritize process, you become flexible in where you are headed.
Life is a winding, confusing journey - forward progress is all that matters.
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THREAD: 20 of the most iconic marketing and advertising campaigns in history:
De Beers “Diamonds are Forever”
Arguably the most iconic, controversial, and impactful marketing campaign in history.
Created the massive, global diamond industry.
(Note: This will be the subject of a future thread…)
Coke vs. Pepsi Superman Battle
Pepsi ran the Halloween ad on the left. Coke responded with the ad on the right.
Game, set, match.
The Original Apple iPod Campaign
“1,000 songs in your pocket”
Simple, intuitive, genius.
Starbucks Wrong Names on Cups
Starbucks employees writing the names of millions of customers in hilariously wrong ways to get them to post the images across social media with Starbucks branding.
Prioritize these core principles:
Build a Personal Board of Advisors
The concept of “mentorship” has become too formal.
Asking someone to be your mentor feels like a big commitment.
Instead, build a Personal Board of Advisors.
A diverse group of 5-10 people you can go to for questions, advice, or feedback.
Swallow the Frog for Your Boss
One of the single greatest hacks to getting ahead early in your career:
(1) Observe your boss
(2) Figure out what they hate doing
(3) Learn to do it
(4) Take it off their plate
It's a clear way to add value, put up a win, and build momentum.
Create a Decentralized Growth Tribe
Having a decentralized friend group to grow with is a real competitive advantage.
• Unconnected to other groups
• Different backgrounds
• Range of experience sets
• Novel perspectives
Call it your Growth Tribe. It’s a huge value unlock.
Learn to Sell
To be successful, you either need to learn how to build or you need to learn how to sell.
Most of us aren't technically-gifted—so just learn to sell.
The more you progress in any field, the more of your job becomes sales.
If you can sell, you'll always make it.
History is written by the victors.
But in studying and learning from "survivors”—and systematically ignoring "casualties”—we create material distortions in our conclusions.
We overestimate the odds of success because we only read about the successes!
Humans generally think very highly of themselves.
We tend to believe that we see the world with perfect objectivity.
We also assume that people who disagree with us must be ignorant, uninformed, or biased.
This error sits at the core of many societal problems.
The Dunning-Kruger Effect
Humans are notoriously incapable of objective evaluation of their own competency levels.
People with a low ability at a task are prone to systematically overestimate their ability at that task.
Example: Everyone is a genius in a bull market.
Humans tend to prefer avoiding losses vs. achieving gains—the pain of losing something is more powerful than the pleasure of winning it.
We will typically do more to avoid losses than we will to seek gains.
We systematically overvalue what we already have.
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Mostly will work on Monday to Wednesday. Sometimes on Friday.
Why to pay your money to learn this if u can get it here.
U need only practice.
Say bank nifty future is at 32000.
Sell both 32000 call and put.
Considering current volatile market lest say premium on Monday morning is 350 on both sides.
Sold with 700 points combine premium.
If bank nifty will trade in narrow range say +\- 100 hold it.
If moving 200 points
then exit previous sold straddle. Sell new one. Let’s say BN moved +200
Now sell 32200. If bank nifty will move here within range then u will get profit through theta decay. Follow same procedure for next 150-200 pts move.
This is only for single straddle sell position.
Now in second case sell three straddle. 31900/32000/32100
In case of 100 points move no need to change.
If 200 + then future is 32200.
Exit 31900 and sell 31200 straddle.
If moving another 100 then exit 32000 and sell 32300. Continue same with 100 points move.
If no move then
it will consolidate between 32000-32200 or 32100 to 32300 and u will get theta decay.
This is for normal move. Sudden big move may come anytime. So keep SL in system.
If u r selling at 350-350 then keep SL in system 475 for both legs.
Practice it. No need to attend webinar.
Time for a🧵
Mitesh Sir's EXPIRY Option Selling 101:
• What to look for?
• Strike Selection & Ratios
• SL mgmt
• Avoiding freezes
• Monthy Expiry
• Event days
• How he would have traded last expiry?
In collaboration with @AdityaTodmal
Edward de Bono says intelligence is like a🚗 Automobile
“A powerful car may be driven badly. A less powerful car may be driven well. The skill of the car driver determines how the power of the car is used.”
What @Mitesh_Engr Sir looks at for Expiry Trading:
• Technicals of BNF
• Individual Heavyweight stocks of BNF
• Support/Resistance of BNF on weekly TF
• Also has Superb SL management
• When it comes to adjustments, he is always on toes
How to Select Strikes to Sell?
• You can't sell based on premium
• Follow only trend
• Price action is best to sell on expiry day
• Never wait for the options to go to zero
Using Ratios to Sell:
• If BNF is in a range then strangles
• If breakout/ breakdown from a range then directional
• Selling 70/30 or 80/20 ratios
• 2 examples on how he used ratios
Curated the best tweets from the best traders who are exceptional at managing strangles.
• Positional Strangles
• Intraday Strangles
• Position Sizing
• How to do Adjustments
• Plenty of Examples
• When to avoid
• Exit Criteria
How to sell Strangles in weekly expiry as explained by boss himself. @Mitesh_Engr
• When to sell
• How to do Adjustments
1. Let's start option selling learning.— Mitesh Patel (@Mitesh_Engr) February 10, 2019
Strangle selling. ( I am doing mostly in weekly Bank Nifty)
When to sell? When VIX is below 15
Assume spot is at 27500
Sell 27100 PE & 27900 CE
say premium for both 50-50
If bank nifty will move in narrow range u will get profit from both.
Beautiful explanation on positional option selling by @Mitesh_Engr
Sir on how to sell low premium strangles yourself without paying anyone. This is a free mini course in
Few are selling 20-25 Rs positional option selling course.— Mitesh Patel (@Mitesh_Engr) November 3, 2019
Nothing big deal in that.
For selling weekly option just identify last week low and high.
Now from that low and high keep 1-1.5% distance from strike.
And sell option on both side.
1st Live example of managing a strangle by Mitesh Sir. @Mitesh_Engr
• Sold Strangles 20% cap used
• Added 20% cap more when in profit
• Booked profitable leg and rolled up
• Kept rolling up profitable leg
• Booked loss in calls
• Sold only
2nd example by @Mitesh_Engr Sir on converting a directional trade into strangles. Option Sellers can use this for consistent profit.
• Identified a reversal and sold puts
• Puts decayed a lot
• When achieved 2% profit through puts then sold
Already giving more than 2% return in a week. Now I will prefer to sell 32500 call at 74 to make it strangle in equal ratio.— Mitesh Patel (@Mitesh_Engr) February 7, 2020
To all. This is free learning for you. How to play option to make consistent return.
Stay tuned and learn it here free of cost. https://t.co/7J7LC86oW0
Kristian G. Andersen
Edward C. Holmes
Robert F. Garry
2. Thanks to @newboxer007 for forwarding the link to the research by an Australian in Taiwan (not on
3. K.Andersen didn't mention "competing interests"
Only Garry listed Zalgen Labs, which we will look at later.
In acknowledgements, Michael Farzan, Wellcome Trust, NIH, ERC & ARC are mentioned.
Author affiliations listed as usual.
Note the 328 Citations!
4. Kristian Andersen (1)
Andersen worked with USAMRIID & Fort Detrick scientists on research, with Robert Garry, Jens Kuhn & Sina Bavari among
Our Hans Kristian Andersen working with Jens H. Kuhn, Sina Bavari, Robert F. Garry, Stuart T. Nichol,Gustavo Palacios, Sheli R. Radoshitzky from USAMRIID and Fort Detrick to tell more fairy tales? Full emails listed for queries...https://t.co/kLRoQTxiGD pic.twitter.com/uHNuGraPP2— Billy Bostickson \U0001f3f4\U0001f441&\U0001f441 \U0001f193 (@BillyBostickson) August 26, 2020
5. Kristian Andersen (2)
Works at Scripps Research Institute, which WAS in serious financial trouble, haemorrhaging 20 million $ a year.
But just when the first virus cases were emerging, they received great news.
They issued a press release dated November 27, 2019:
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एक दिन देवर्षि नारद वहां से गुजर रहे थे ।नारद ने पीपल के कोटर में बालक को देख कर उसका परिचय मांगा -
नारद बोले - बालक तुम कौन हो?
बालक - यही तो मैं भी जानना चहता हूँ ।
नारद - तुम्हारे जनक कौन हैं?
बालक - यही तो मैं भी जानना चाहता हूँ ।
तब नारद ने आँखें बन्द कर ध्यान लगाया ।
तत्पश्चात आश्चर्यचकित हो कर बालक को बताया कि 'हे बालक! तुम महान दानी महर्षि दधीचि के पुत्र हो । तुम्हारे पिता की अस्थियों का वज्रास्त्र बनाकर ही देवताओं ने असुरों पर विजय पायी थी।तुम्हारे पिता की मृत्यु मात्र 31 वर्ष की वय में ही हो गयी थी'।
बालक - मेरे पिता की अकाल मृत्यु का क्या कारण था?
नारद - तुम्हारे पिता पर शनिदेव की महादशा थी।
बालक - मेरे उपर आयी विपत्ति का कारण क्या था?
नारद - शनिदेव की महादशा।
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Hold your hand up 12 inches from your face: you’re seeing your hand as it was a nanosecond ago. Everything you look at is, to one degree or another, in the past. The farther away in space, the more ancient in time.
You can’t see the Sun as it is now, but you can see it as it was about 8 minutes ago. You can’t see Alpha Centauri now, but you can see it 4.4 years ago. You can see the Andromeda Galaxy as it was 2.5 million years in the past. And so on.
With powerful telescopes, we can see galaxies whose light has been traveling to us for more than 13 billion years. We see them shining in a universe that’s still young, where gravity has just begun to pull matter together into stars and galaxies.
We can see something even more distant, and more ancient, than the first galaxies. If we peer out far enough, in between the galaxies, we can see parts of the Universe that are so far away, it has taken the light from that distance almost the entire age of the cosmos to reach us.
Here is the thread of practical advice for you.
EXAMINE YOUR MOTIVES. Why do you want to write this?
Are you trying to solve racism/sexism/colonialism with your work?
As writers we love stories about heroic writers whose work has changed the world. And as such we like to look to our own writing to solve societal problems.
And I understand this completely, not the least because I’ve felt the pull.
But if you’re looking to play saviour with your words, it is unlikely that you will do the marginalised people you are trying to save justice.
And I understand this very often comes from place of good intentions, but there is a reason that most of the moralising plays written by white abolitionists are deeply uncomfortable to read.
It is incredibly easy for works looking to play saviour to become patronising or traffic in simplistic stereotypes that ultimately hurt the people they are looking to rescue.